Title: The Hatching | Series: The Hatching | Author: Ezekiel Boone | Publisher: Gollancz | Publication date: July 5th 2016 (Hardback) February 9th 2017 (Paperback) | Num. Pages: 352 | Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | How I owned it: ARC copy kindly provided by the publisher
5 stars – An incredibly well written thriller that had my skin crawling
Many thanks to Stevie and Gollancz for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Deep in the jungle of Peru, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist party whole. FBI agent Mike Rich investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Indian earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. The Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. The first female president of the United States is summoned to an emergency briefing. And all of these events are connected.
As panic begins to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at Melanie Guyer’s Washington laboratory. The unusual egg inside begins to crack. Something is spreading…
The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An virulent ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake. But this is only the beginning of our end…
The Hatching is one of those books where I simultaneously really wanted to read it and really didn’t want to read it. Yes because it sounded incredibly good and no because spiders. Not a fan of spids; that was my only reservation with this book and I waited until the second book Skitter was nearing release before I read it so I can take my dislike of spiders from one book to the other without having to gear myself back up to read Skitter.
Now, The Hatching is one of, if not the best, horror/thrillers I’ve ever read. No word of a lie when the spiders were being described my skin crawled and the hair on the back of my neck stood on end, the writing itself was incredibly well written and I found myself almost there on the ground with the flesh-eating spiders while they made a meal of some poor unsuspecting sap. I was that sap on a few occasions. My imagination ran absolutely riot with The Hatching.
The Hatching is Ezekiel Boone’s debut novel and what a debut! Outstandingly written and with a plot that will have you shuddering. The premise of the book is flesh-eating spiders and normally you don’t think of spiders as being particularly flesh-eating but these are some kind of weird eusocial species of spider that act more like ants and have only one mission: to destroy.
What follows is one species’ determination to wipe another from the earth and they succeed to some extremes with an almost total desolation of certain areas of the world.
I liked the quick and short chapters set in multiple parts of the world – showing us, the readers, the different points of view from the various integral characters – Melanie Guyer, entomologist, FBI Agent Mike Rich, Stephanie Pilgrim first female president – and the subsequent secondary and tertiary characters. Those different points of view were what part of what made this an excellent book.
This is a highly recommended book and I’ve already started reading the ARC copy of Skitter.